FW: 1/21/2005 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Subject: 1/21/2005 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
PEER REVIEW: William A. Dembski, a proponent of
intelligent-design theory, will lead the new Center for Science
and Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. .
A glance at the autumn issue of
"The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education":
The continuing racial disparity in graduation rates
The college-graduation rate of African-American students has
been improving slightly, and better than slightly at the most
exclusive colleges and universities. But elsewhere in higher
education, black students' graduation rates lag far behind those
of white students.
That is the assessment of the journal's editors, who write that
while enrollment rates of black students at highly ranked
colleges remain constant, an "appallingly low" 40 percent of
black students graduate, compared with 61 percent of white
Over the past decade the graduation rate for black men has risen
from 28 percent to 34 percent, and for black women from 34
percent to 45 percent. That pattern disproves, the authors
suggest, the frequent assertion that race-sensitive admissions
damage black students' graduation rates.
Data also show, they write, that when black students are
admitted to top colleges, they graduate at high rates, generally
because those institutions have the "strongest commitment to
race-sensitive admissions." The provision of adequate financial
aid clearly helps those students to succeed, the editors say.
With some striking exceptions, most large state universities,
where most African-American students are educated, graduate a
good percentage of them, the editors say. Disappointing, they
add, is that at nearly half of the historically black colleges
and universities that they surveyed, "two-thirds or more of all
entering black students do not go on to earn a diploma."
The article, "The Persisting Racial Gap in College Student
Graduation Rates," is available online at
You'll find The Chronicle's home page at:
If you would like your own copy of the Daily Report, and you are
not yet a Chronicle subscriber, please visit us on the Web to
Also from The Chronicle:
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: news and information about
foundations, charities, fund raising, and the nonprofit world,
Arts & Letters Daily: pithy summaries of, and links to, some of
the best writing on the Web, at:
If you no longer want to receive The Chronicle's Daily Report,
or to change any of your e-mail settings, visit us online at:
If you have other problems or questions, please send a message
Copyright (c) 2005 The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc.